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A hotel in Puntarenas is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Puntarenas hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Puntarenas are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Puntarenas hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Puntarenas hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Puntarenas have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Puntarenas
An upscale full service hotel facility in Puntarenas that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Puntarenas hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Puntarenas
Full service Puntarenas hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Puntarenas
Boutique hotels of Puntarenas are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Puntarenas boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Puntarenas may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Puntarenas
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Puntarenas travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Puntarenas focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

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A bed and breakfast in Puntarenas is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Puntarenas bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Puntarenas B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Puntarenas
Puntarenas hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Puntarenas hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Puntarenas
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Puntarenas hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Puntarenas lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Puntarenas
Puntarenas timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Puntarenas often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Puntarenas on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Puntarenas
A Puntarenas motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Puntarenas for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Puntarenas motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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City and municipality
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Images, from top down, left to right: the Port Laborer Monument, Tourists Pass Avenue, The Cathedral within Central Park, Crown Princess docked at Puntarenas' Port, docked fishing boats, Puntarenas Pier.
Flag of Puntarenas
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Coat of arms
Nickname(s): La perla del Pacífico (Spanish)
"The Pacific Pearl"
Puntarenas and surrounding area
Puntarenas and surrounding area
Puntarenas is located in Costa Rica
Location of Puntarenas within Costa Rica
Coordinates:  / 9.967; -84.833
Country Costa Rica
Province Puntarenas
Canton Puntarenas
Incorporated 17 September 1858
• Type Municipality
• Mayor Rafael Ángel Rodríguez Castro (PLN)
• Total 34.34 km (13.26 sq mi)
• Land 30 km (10 sq mi)
• Water 60 km (25 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2012)
• Total 34,085
• Density 990/km (2,600/sq mi)
• Demonym Puntarenense
Time zone Central (UTC-6)
Postal code 60101
Area code(s) + 506
Website http://www.puntarenas.go.cr/ (Spanish)
Not to be confused with Punta Arenas.

Puntarenas (Spanish pronunciation: [puntaˈɾenas]; Pointsands, from "punta arenas", or "sand point" in Spanish) is the capital and largest city in the Province of Puntarenas, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The eponymous and oddly shaped province has its largest section in the South, far from the capital.

Puntarenas: Overview

There are some 100.000 inhabitants in the town and surrounding neighborhoods. With beaches on the Pacific Ocean, it also attracts many tourists, especially surfers. It is also a possible stopover point for the tourist destination Monteverde, to the northwest.

Its port, Caldera, is one of the main ports, and the oldest, port in the country. There is a regular scheduled ferries to and from Puntarenas and the Nicoya Peninsula.

Puntarenas: History

Puntarenas was discovered by Gil González Dávila in 1522. Despite the use of the Gulf of Nicoya as an entryway to Costa Rica's inland territory, the port of Puntarenas was not developed until 1840 when coffee production in the highlands reached exportable volumes. In 1845 the Congress of the Republic declared Puntarenas a duty-free port (with the exception of Cognac and hard liquor). Originally, the coffee was brought to port in oxcarts via a trail through the mountains. In 1859, a stretch of railway track was completed between Puntarenas and the town of Esparza (one of the country's earliest Spanish settlements, founded in 1574). Eventually, the railway was built all the way through to San José and service was inaugurated in 1910.

With the railway connection to the Central Valley, the Pacific port's activities continued to be a major part of the region's economy throughout the 20th century. However, due to the aging and deterioration of the port facilities and the need to accommodate the much larger vessels of modern shipping fleets, a new port was constructed in the 1980s to the south of Puntarenas. The site chosen was Caldera (located at  / 9.9108438; -84.7194761), where ships had anchored during colonial times. Caldera was more appropriate site for larger ships, and actually was the first port site used since 1522.

Puntarenas: Sports

The city's major football teams are Second Division sides Puntarenas F.C., who have played many season at the highest level, and Jacó Rays.

Puntarenas: Climate

Puntarenas is generally hotter than the Costa Rican Central Valley, with daytime highs ranging from 30 to 35 °C (86 to 95 °F) in the coldest/hottest months, respectively.

Climate data for Puntarenas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 33.5
Daily mean °C (°F) 27.6
Average low °C (°F) 21.7
Average rainfall mm (inches) 5.5
Average rainy days 1.8 1.9 2.9 7.8 19.1 21.0 18.0 21.8 24.3 24.5 14.7 5.7 163.5
Mean monthly sunshine hours 263.5 254.3 282.1 255.0 201.5 156.0 164.3 170.5 159.0 167.4 183.0 232.5 2,489.1
Source #1: World Meteorological Organization
Source #2: Hong Kong Observatory

Puntarenas: References

  1. Ferry information
  2. Puntarenas temperatures from Climatezone.com
  3. "Climate Information for Puntarenas". World Meteorological Organization. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  4. "Climatological Information for Puntarenas, Costa Rica". Hong Kong Observatory. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  • Puntarenas travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Puntarenas Province website
  • Puntarenas commercial website
  • www.radiopuntarenas.net La Radio Digital de Puntarenas

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